Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Stove-Top Green Bean Casserole. A plant-based recipe made with 4 minute cheeze sauce.

Ready in under 30 minutes, this vegan green been casserole features green beans, mushrooms and of course crispy-fried onions. All sauced up with a creamy sauce flavoured with lemon, onion, and garlic.

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Crispy fried onions - a key ingredient in Stove top Green Bean Casserole. A 4 minute cheeze sauce recipe. Plant-based.
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A vegan green bean casserole in a skillet, showing green beans, cream sauce, mushrooms, and crispy fried onions.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole

This vegan green bean casserole is made even faster if you already have some of my 4 minute cheeze sauce mix on hand, but even if you don’t it’s just 4 dry ingredients that take no prep time. You may be surprised at the addition of something cheesy to the sauce, but it isn’t adding a big cheezy note here, but instead is a super fast method for whipping up a quick and creamy sauce. I’ve been using the sauce in lots of recipes lately because it’s so convenient. {Check out my 4 minute cheeze sauce category for all the recipes.}

Today, we’re flavouring the sauce with green bean casserole-appropriate onion, garlic, and lemon.

So yum!

You can get this on the table in under 30 minutes!

Let’s Make Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Ready in under 30 minutes, this stovetop version of green been casserole features green beans, mushrooms and of course crispy-fried onions. All sauced up with a creamy vegan sauce flavoured with lemon, onion, and garlic. A 4 minute cheeze sauce recipe. 

Course: dinner, lunch, side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4 minute cheeze sauce recipe, easy casserole, easy green bean recipe, green bean casserole, plantbased green beans, plantbased thanksgiving sides, stovetop green beans, vegan thanksgiving sides
Diet: reducetarian, vegan
Servings: 4 sides
Calories: 250 kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 lemons, both juice and peel
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter or butter substitute
  • 1 cup crispy fried onions
  • 2/3rds cup 4 minute cheeze sauce mix + 1 cup water {See recipe notes for link}
Optionally, if you don't have 4 minute cheeze sauce mix:
  • 1/2 cup almond flour {also called almond meal, ground blanched almonds}
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour {also called tapioca starch}
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Prepare the green beans:

    First, juice the lemon and set juice aside. Slice the peel into quarters. 

    Put the green beans and lemon peel in a skillet with enough water to barely cover.

    Steam for 6 to 10 minutes, until your desired doneness, and then drain the water off and put the green beans in a bowl and put them in the freezer for a few minutes (this stops them from further cooking) while you are cooking the mushrooms.

  2. Make the sauce: 

    Combine the cheeze sauce mix/ingredients, water, and garlic and onion powder in the blender. Blend for one minute and set aside until your green beans are ready. 

  3. Cook the mushrooms:

    Add the butter to the skillet and heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until the butter is absorbed and the mushrooms are getting a little crispy and brown.

    Add the cheeze sauce into the mushrooms and stir and cook for a minute or two until the sauce thickens up.

    Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

  4. Finish the dish by adding in the green beans and simmering until green beans are hot. 

    Add half of the crispy fried onions.

    Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more lemon, salt, pepper, etcetera to taste.

    Serve topped with remaining onions.

Recipe Notes
Storage and Reheating

I think this is best served soon after you make it. But if you have leftovers, you can reheat it in the microwave, or over low heat in a saucepan. 

There Isn't Supposed to Be Cheese In this Recipe! So What's the Deal with using 4 Minute Cheese/Cheeze Sauce Mix?

4 minute cheeze sauce is very mildly flavoured and it's an easy way to make a creamy base for lots of different recipes. 

Since I was making 4 minute cheeze sauce so often, I decided to make a pantry-staple version of it. This is just a pre-combined version of all of the cheese sauce ingredients, except the water. You can find the recipe for this awesome pantry staple here

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Potassium 351mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 9.3%
Vitamin C 9.7%
Calcium 5%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PIN: Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Need an excuse to eat crispy fried onions? Introducing stove-top green bean casserole. Plant-based deliciousness, ready in under 30 minutes.

More cheeze please!

If you are looking for more cheezy recipes, check out Corn Chip Casserole: Two Ways,  Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Almonds and Dates, hot chili grilled cheeze, this awesome dairy-free spinach dip, and Easy Cheezy Broccoli Soup.

I’ve got lots more cheezy recipes in the queue. I’ve made “4 minute cheeze” a category, so you can easily find the recipes on my site.

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